NUCLEAR SUPPLIERS GROUP PLENARY MEETING PUBLIC STATEMENT
Nuclear Suppliers Group Plenary
Seattle, United States, 21-22 June 2012
SEATTLE, WA - The twenty-second Plenary Meeting of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) took place in Seattle on 21 and 22 June 2012. The meeting was chaired by Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman of the United States, who expressed the deep commitment of the United States to the goals and success of the NSG.
The NSG brings together 46 Participating Governments with the European Commission and the Chair of the Zangger Committee participating as permanent observers. The Group aims to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons through the implementation on a national basis of export controls for nuclear and nuclear-related material, “dual use” material, equipment, software and technology, without hindering international cooperation on peaceful uses of nuclear energy.
The Honorable William Magwood, Commissioner of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, made an opening statement on behalf of the United States Government. Commissioner Magwood expressed support for the framework provided by the NSG Guidelines for mutual cooperation, observation of nonproliferation principles, and the importance of nuclear safety and security.
The NSG took stock of developments since the last meeting in Noordwijk in 2011.
Participating Governments reiterated their firm support for the full, complete and effective implementation of the NPT. They further emphasized that many challenges remain to the international nuclear non-proliferation regime. In particular:
The Group took note of briefings on outreach to non-NSG participants. It agreed on the value of ongoing consultation and transparency.
The NSG noted the need to address proliferation concerns without hampering legitimate trade and reaffirmed the importance of licensing and enforcement based on NSG Guidelines and control lists.
The NSG therefore:
Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Republic of Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg,
Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation,
Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United
Kingdom, and United States
 Mexico and Serbia were welcomed as observers for this Plenary
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